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Chrysler Finally Recalls Some Jeeps over Fire Risk

Chrysler Finally Recalls Some Jeeps over Fire Risk

Jun 19 2013, 2:00pm CDT | by

Chrysler finally agrees with NHTSA and begins recall

Not too long ago I mentioned that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had asked Chrysler to recall certain Jeep models over the potential for fires after certain types of accidents....

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Chrysler Finally Recalls Some Jeeps over Fire Risk

Jun 19 2013, 2:00pm CDT | by

Chrysler finally agrees with NHTSA and begins recall

Not too long ago I mentioned that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had asked Chrysler to recall certain Jeep models over the potential for fires after certain types of accidents. Chrysler refused to recall the Jeeps when the NHTSA first asked. Chrysler has now had a change of heart and has agreed to recall 2.7 million SUVs.

The fire issue with certain Jeep models has been linked to 51 deaths from post-crash fires. I can only imagine the liability that Chrysler will be open to if a defect in the vehicle's design is linked specifically to those 51 deaths. Chrysler has announced a voluntary campaign to repair certain Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty vehicles with fuel tanks that are mounted behind the rear axles.

On June 4, Chrysler refused to institute the recall when originally requested by the NHTSA. At the time, Chrysler said that the vehicles did not pose a safety risk. However, the NHTSA has the legal authority to force a recall and apparently, Chrysler realized that one way or the other it would be forced to recall the vehicles. Chrysler still maintains its vehicles are safe and well designed. “Chrysler Group recognizes that this matter has raised concerns for its customers and wants to take further steps, in coordination with NHTSA, to provide additional measures to supplement the safety of its vehicles,” the company said.

 
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2015 Chrysler 200 Real-World Fuel Economy

Oct 23 2014 6:30am CDT | Source: Cars.com

Chrysler's new 200 sedan is a dramatic improvement over the outgoing model, but it would almost have to be — the old Chrysler 200 (neé Sebring) was one of the most awful new cars on the market. But the new one is quite good, with its top-notch interior appointments, attractive styling, unique powertrains and class-leading multimedia systems. Related: 2015 Chrysler 200 Expert Review Comparisons of expecte ...
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Dodge Viper $15,000 Price Cut Boosts Monthly Sales by Nearly 200 Percent—to 108 Cars

Oct 22 2014 1:14pm CDT | Source: Car and Driver

Last month’s decision by Dodge to slash prices on the face-melting Viper by $15,000 seems to be paying huge dividends: Sales of the car jumped by 184 percent in September. That doesn’t mean you’ll be seeing Dodge’s V-10 brute on every street corner, though. That huge percentage jump translates to 108 Vipers sold in September, up from 38 in August. The Viper has never been intended to sell in huge numbers, but 2014 has not been kind to the Mopar snake. Chrysl ...
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NHTSA releases updated Takata airbag recalled cars list, but it still has errors

Oct 22 2014 12:53pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Recalls, Safety, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Honda, Infiniti, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Pontiac, Subaru, Toyota Unfortunately, the government's list still contains errors. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued an updated list of vehicle models that it's urging owners to repair under the mushrooming Takata airbag inflator recall. The latest version adds vehicles from new automakers l ...
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U.S. NHTSA expands Takata airbag recall to 7.8 million vehicles

Oct 22 2014 10:56am CDT | Source: Driving Canada

The U.S. government is telling 3 million more car owners to get their air bags repaired immediately, but its message has generated some confusion about which cars are actually affected. The government’s auto safety agency is now warning 7.8 million car owners that inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are deployed. The original warning Monday covered 4.7 ...
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Honda Odyssey

Oct 22 2014 9:31am CDT | Source: The Car Connection

The Honda Odyssey is a minivan that can seat up to eight passengers. It's one of the best choices in the minivan segment, a step ahead of rivals like the Nissan Quest and Kia Sedona--and on par with the Toyota Sienna, Dodge Grand Caravan, and Chrysler Town & Country. As minivans go ...
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24 Hours of LeMons Michigan: The Winners!

Oct 22 2014 1:18am CDT | Source: Car and Driver

For our second 2014 LeMons race at GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan, we admired some of the greatest endurance-racin’ machines we’d ever seen on Friday, watched those machines duke it out in the rain on Saturday, and then watched the winners roar (or clatter, or coast) across the finish line on Sunday. Here are the trophy winners from the 2014 Where the Elite Meet To Cheat 24 Hours of LeMons. For the first seven seasons of LeMons racing, the Porsche 94 ...
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Viper plant to reopen in mid-November

Oct 21 2014 2:17pm CDT | Source: Automotive News

Chrysler Group will restart the idled Conner Avenue plant in Detroit in mid-November to build th ...
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Takata Airbag Update: Toyota and GM Expand Recalls, Chewing Gum Found Inside Inflator

Oct 21 2014 12:22pm CDT | Source: Car and Driver

General Motors and Toyota are expanding an airbag recall for the third time to replace inflators that could explode and shoot shrapnel during deployment. This latest recall is due to a still-undetermined problem affecting at least 10 manufacturers. Among Toyota-built products, the affected models are 2002–2005 Lexus SC430 and Toyota Sequoia, plus the 2003–2005 Tundra, Corolla, Matrix, and Pontiac Vibe ...
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Dodge Prices 2015 Charger Lineup

Oct 20 2014 4:22pm CDT | Source: Cars.com

Hot on the 2015 Dodge Challenger's trail of burnt rubber comes its four-door muscle-car mate, the Charger. Chrysler has announced pricing on the newly updated Charger lineup — including the 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat — with the starting price of all but one model increasing by no more than $1,000. The base SE trim starts at $28,990, including a $995 destination charge. That's $1,000 more than the 2014 version, but Chrysler says it's the "most-equipped entry Charger model ...
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